Runtime: 1 Hour
and 32 Minutes
I've never really heard anyone else say this, but I love Paul Hogan.
Seriously, there's just something about this guy. He's got a certain
unique charm that no one else seems to possess. I loved the first
two "Crocodile Dundee" films. I even liked "Almost
an Angel" and "Lightning Jack", both of which were
better than anyone else seems to give them credit for. So, of course,
I could not resist renting "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles".
"Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" may not be a great film.
It may be the worst of the three Croc adventures, but it was not as
bad as I had once feared. It's fun. It's charming. And it has Paul
Hogan returning, once more, wearing the black hat studded with the
The plot, such as it is, involves "Crocodile" Dundee moving
with his common law wife (Linda Kozlovski, the real Mrs. Crocodile
Dundee) to Los Angeles after her father calls on her to take charge
of the Los Angeles branch of his newspaper. Once they arrive, Croc
once again tries to adjust to city living (and the differences between
New York, which he sort of adjusted to, and Los Angeles). Meanwhile,
Sue follows up a story that got her predecessor killed. It soon becomes
apparent that there are nefarious doings afoot and, as with the second
film in the series, Croc has to step up and kick a bit of ass.
Sure, the whole film seems sort of pointless. So, he's in L.A. this
time. Wow. Big whoop. There are many scenes that just don't seem to
have much of a purpose. Such as the cameo of Mike Tyson. I mean, Mike
Tyson? But Paul still has that gleam in his eye. He has a scraggly,
rustic charm that makes the whole enterprise a surprising amount of
fun. No one may care about him anymore, but he's still got it for
anyone who cares to watch. Plus, it's just fun to see him on the prowl
again, after all these years. It may not be the freshest of films,
but there's a decent amount of entertainment value and more than a
little nostalgia at work. It's fun to see him outwit city bandits
and tame lions and crocs. It's fun to see his little boy astonishing
kids in his class with tricks he learned in the Outback. And it's
fun to see Mick and his friend Jacko have a night out in LA, encountering
drive-by muggers and gay bars and enjoying a fine dining experience
in the Wendy's drive-thru.
Hell, if people can fall in love with "Episode
One" just because it's a new Star Wars movie, I can smile
and appreciate a new "Crocodile Dundee" movie for the same
reasons. I grew up with "Star
Wars", sure. But I also grew up with Mick Dundee and it's
pleasant to have him back again. Just get a bit better script next
time, okay mate?